Bachmann Model Railway Locomotive Reviews -
Bachmann Class 57 - Virgin
“Scott Tracy” 57301
This model arrived in the market shortly
after Heljan’s model. Well the question is:
‘Is it better then than Heljan’s model?’ The answer is a certain YES!
(Picture Taken From Hattons)
First of all, the body width is more
accurate than Heljan’s class 57 which is to fat. (By a scale foot I think.) It
also has the ‘Thunderbird’ nameplates unlike Heljan’s model which Model Rail
described as ‘naked.’ It has bright LED lights (unlike the Heljans filament
lights which are not very bright) with a day or night setting switch at the
bottom. Saying this the the lights on the Bachmann model are incorrect and where
as Heljan's model is correct.
The interior is also good, and one of the cabs has a small figure sitting in it.
However, the cabs floor is only just below the wind screen, which lets the model
The bogies are more like the real thing, when compared to Heljan’s class 57.
The motor (3-pole) is as usual smooth, quiet and good at slow running. Bachmann
scores high in this area. It runs well on both code 100 and code 75 rather well,
and doesn't slip on points even without traction tyres. The motor drive all six
The price is another good thing. It is lower than Heljan’s RRP. I think
Bachmann’s model is a clear winner for me.
At a Glance
Overall mark: 9/10
Review By Suchahampal
Dr5euss (Forum Member)
pointed out: "The Thunderbird
name limits the layouts on which it can be used."
Member) explained: The reason
being that it has a limited time frame, is because it has no
Class 57 Pictures:
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